I was browsing around last night and found an interesting flat belly article that I want to share with you guys. According to Fitbie on MSN, “Research suggests that the best way to eat less at a meal is to work out right before it.”
I thought about it for a sec.
You know what? This is true. Very very true. I always feel like I don’t have to each very much after a workout. The author of the article goes on to say, ”This works in several ways: First, you’re less hungry when your metabolism is revving, such as right after a workout. Second, you’re thirstier, so you drink more water, which uses up space in your belly and relieves hunger. Third, the calories you do eat get burned for energy pronto—not stored as fat.”
YES, YES, and YES.
I notice that when I am around the house doing nothing I tend to be ravenous all the time. Maybe it is because my mouth is bored. But after a good workout, all I want are fruits and water. Especially in the summer! Isn’t it lovely how one good thing leads to another? Perfect cycle. Perfect circle.
For those of you looking for a way to consume less calories and be less hungry on your weight loss journey, this is a good tip. However, I want you to know that you should NOT skip eating all together after a workout. In fact, eating within 30-60 min after a workout is one of the MOST important things you can do as an exerciser. During this window, nutrient absorption is high! If you want to build muscle, burn fat, and prevent muscle loss, you must take this seriously!!!
According to SparkPeople, you’ll want to have about 4:1, carbs:protein. The carbs are used to replace muscle fuel, known as glycogen, which is used to prepare you for your next workout. Remember, stay away from refined carbs like white bread and white rice! These carbs can be fruit carbs, whole grain carbs, vegetable carbs etc. Your protein, whether it comes from a powder or a chicken breast, is needed to stop your body from breaking down muscle tissue for energy. THIS IS BAD. You never want to break down muscle for energy! You want to break down fat for energy! So eat your protein!!
Some bodybuilders do a 2:1 ratio. But it depends on how you feel the next day for your workout. Are you energetic? or super cranky and low energy? If cranky, maybe do a little bit more carb-ing :) Get to know your body.
How do you guys feel after a workout? Are you hungry? Do you eat everything in sight? Or do you feel like you don’t have much of an appetite?